Updated: Jan 15, 2020
Nowadays, we're all aware that exercise is good for you, that it gets the blood pumping and keeps us toned and healthy. And a lot of us know that exercise also releases endorphins, a feel-good drug, so we (usually) get a buzz after working out. However, did you know that exercise actually helps your brain cells work better? Yes, really.
Exercise trains the brain
The brain is plastic, figuratively speaking, of course. It can be remoulded and changed. And when you exercise it releases chemicals or neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline, within the brain, which fill synaptic gaps in neuropathways between the brain cells, allowing the brain to fire better. This can not only help alleviate depression, anxiety, stress and the like, but can also help reverse the erosion of brain cells caused by depression. When we do not use our brains the cells wither, just as muscles do, so by ‘supercharging’ our mental circuits, we can lift our mood, enable ourselves to think more clearly, stimulate nerve growth factors (molecules that help neurons thrive) and improve our academic performance and memory function.
Help to reach your potential with hypnotherapy
Using various well-researched and proven hypnotic and psychotherapeutic techniques, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is an entirely positive way of helping you to become more motivated, energised and revitalised – in other words, we can help you reach your full potential.
Increasingly, sportsmen and women are becoming vocal supporters of hypnotherapy as an aide to their training. Glen Catley, former WBC Boxing Champion, for example, swears that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helped him get ring-ready – not only by mentally helping him visualise the end goal of winning, but it also got him motivated to do the physical work needed and go on to achieve his dream of being handed the WBC Championship belt.
Sport and hypnotherapy - a long history of success
And he's not alone. More and more sportsmen and women are turning to hypnotherapy to get them and keep them motivated and focused enough to reach their full potential. Fellow boxing legends Steve Collins, Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno, surfer Russell Winter, athlete Iwan Thomas and Crystal Palace FC have all had hypnotherapeutic sessions to improve their performance – even golfer Tiger Woods has reportedly enlisted the help of hypnosis to get him on top form in the past. And this is nothing new – it has been used as early as 1956, when the Soviet Union gymnastic team took eleven hypnotherapists to the Melbourne Olympics and it proved to be an overwhelming success, the likes of which they had not seen before.
As well as being great for motivation, hypnotherapy can also help keep those competitive nerves in check, overcome any mental blocks, build confidence in your ability, manage anxiety, mentally rehearse and enable you to visualise winning – all things that can help you to achieve your sporting goal.
Helping you to visualise your success
And almost half of the work done for sports performance within the consulting room is guided imagery, or visualisation. Imagining yourself winning over and over again shows the mind that you can do it. And it works. Which is why big names like Jonny Wilkinson, Wayne Rooney, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Andy Murray have all been known to use visualisation techniques to get them to where they've needed to be. Wayne Rooney was once quoted as saying, "I lie in bed the night before the game and visualise myself scoring goals or doing well. You're trying to put yourself in that moment and trying to prepare yourself, to have a 'memory' before the game.”
So, if you are looking for help with improving your physical performance and possibly reaching your peak potential, give See Change Hypnotherapy a call now on 07975 824378, or contact us through the site and see how we can help you.